Twelve clin­ics closed due to sell­ing ex­pired med­i­ca­tions

Phar­macy shut down af­ter po­lice found a type of med­i­ca­tion that had ex­pired 18 years ago

The Kurdish Globe - - NATIONAL -

A po­lice team in the Kur­dish cap­i­tal city of Er­bil has been tak­ing sig­nif­i­cant steps in re­cent months to re­duce the rise of ex­pired med­i­ca­tions in the pri­vate clin­ics. By en­act­ing ad­di­tional reg­u­la­tions and in­creas­ing law en­force­ment over­sight of the clin­ics, the po­lice have shut down 12 clin­ics due to work­ing with­out hav­ing li­censes and sell­ing ex­pired med­i­ca­tions.

Er­bil gov­er­nor of­fice has formed a com­mit­tee for fol­low­ing up on the qual­ity of med­i­ca­tions sold in the phar­ma­cies and clin­ics. Ma­jor Fakhraddin Noory, a mem­ber of the com­mit­tee, said "In the last two weeks we have in­spected 14 clin­ics that are run by Ira­nian and Arab physi­cians and phar­ma­cists in Er­bil. We have closed 12 of them due to not hav­ing work­ing li­censes and sell­ing ex­pired med­i­ca­tions,"

Ac­cord­ing to Ma­jor Noory, a type of med­i­ca­tion was found in a clinic that was ex­pired 18 years ago.

Although some of the clinic run­ners claimed they haven't sold the med­i­ca­tions that have al­ready been ex­pired, Noory said there is no ex­cuse for the avail­abil­ity of ex­pired med­i­ca­tions on the shelves of the clin­ics; what­ever found ex­pired are con­sid­ered as law vi­o­la­tions re­gard­less of whether they are ex­posed for sell­ing or not.

Pro­fes­sional teams from KRG’s Health Min­istry along with a po­lice team do in­spec­tions for all the clin­ics. Those, who are found out to have abided by laws, are ap­pre­ci­ated and co­op­er­ated with, but those who vi­o­late the Health Min­istry's rules, face pun­ish­ment.

In ad­di­tion to shut­ting the clin­ics, the run­ners are sent to court for fur­ther in­ves­ti­ga­tions.

In the last cou­ple of months many peo­ple have been found sick due to us­ing ex­pired med­i­ca­tions pre­scribed by physi­cians run­ning un­li­censed clin­ics. Health Min­istry with the co­op­er­a­tion of Er­bil gov­er­nor’s of­fice have been work­ing hard to in­den­tify the vi­o­la­tors aim­ing to pre­vent pa­tients from be­ing abused and get­ting worse.

A phar­ma­cist ar­ranges med­i­ca­tion at his shop in Er­bil.

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